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Niti Aayog

ContextSince the BJP-led NDA government came to power in 2014, it has actively pursued the cause of a free-market economy, starting withlabour reforms, dilution of land acquisition safeguards, coal deregulation and insurance reforms. All these moves correspond toproviding a better climate for the corporates. Advisors to the BJP-led NDA government are of the opinion that India is a marketeconomy and that there is no place for planning in it.

Union Budget 2015-16: Pre-Budget Analyses

The highlights of the 'Union Budget 2015-16: Pre-Budget Analyses' includes Macro-Economic Concerns in India, Inaction on the Policy Front: All Talk and No Action, Anti-People Economic Policies; Dismantling UPA Flagship Programmes and the Role of the Union Government in Progressive National Socio-Economic Transformation and People’s Demands, Concerns and Expectations.

Saffronization of Education

Prof. Romila Thapar  (Third Nikhil Chakravarti Memorial lecture delivered on 26 October 2014) said, “The ultimate success of a democracy requires that the society be secular. By this I mean a society that goes beyond the co-existence of all religions; a society whose members have equal social and economic rights as citizens, and can exercise these rights irrespective of their religion; a society that is free from control by religious organisations in the activities related to these rights; a society where there is freedom to belong to any or no religion.

The Indian Institute of Information Technology Bill 2013

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill, 2013 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 18, 2013 by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr. M.M. Pallam Raju.  Under the NDA government The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Bill, 2014 was introduced by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani, in the Lok Sabha on August 12, 2014.  

The Constitution-115 Amendment, GST Bill-2011

PART I : Need For GST in India: UPA Initiative The effort to introduce GST in India for the first time was seen in the UPA regime in 2006-2007 Union Budget speech made by the then Finance minister P. Chitambaram stating that there is a national level consensus on introducing GST. He further stated that GST will be introduced on 1April 2010. The Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers agreed to work with the Central Government to prepare a roadmap for introducing a national level GST with effect from 1st April 2010.

Road Transport & Safety Bill, 2014

For more than three decades, after India’s independence, the basic legislation relating to motor vehicles remained the pre independence era Motor Vehicles Act, 1939(4 of 1939). Taking into account the changes in road transport technology, pattern of passenger and freight movement, development of the road network in the country, improved techniques in the motor vehicles management as well as the recommendations of various expert committees the Parliament passed The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988(59 of 1988).

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